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Gyroscope Designs | Graphic Artist's Blog

Welcome to Gyroscope Designs!



Gyroscope Designs is an independent, freelance graphic designer based in Columbus, Ohio. Areas of design practice include icons, logos, UI graphics, desktop wallpapers, photo restoration/alteration and web design.

Graphic Artist's Blog

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Chatter

Show Me Your Desktop!

DesktopsWith almost 100,000 downloads of the Obsidianus icon sets, I’m sure there are many of you who have put them to interesting use. I want to see what you’ve done! Post a link to a photo in the comments and I’ll add it to this post so everyone can see. If I get enough, I’ll spotlight my favorites in a later post and, if I can think of something, first place may win a small prize! More details after the jump… more…


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News

Attention Obsidianus Fans!

AppIconsQuite a while ago, I promised you I’d make application icons. You have all been very patient. You’ve waited and waited. And now… I’m going to make you wait a little bit longer. more…


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News

The New Gyroscope


Obviously, Gyroscope Designs is undergoing some major changes. I have decided to adopt the WordPress blogging engine in order to make posting easier. This is good news for everyone, as it will allow me to post more frequently than the old version of the site. It also gave me a chance to redesign the site and make it cleaner, easier to read and easier to navigate similar posts (and better control spam comments that would inevitably end up on those posts.)

At the moment, the site is still in a transitional phase, but worry not. All should be smooth as butter very soon. Hang in there.

I want to know what you think. Please leave a comment!
Also, if you notice a browser specific bug with the site, design, etc., let me know in a comment. IE 7 has been giving me hell lately.


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Icons

Obsidianus 2.0 Vol. 1: System


A design update of the original Obsidianus Icon Set.

This is the way the set was originally conceived: glassy and translucent from top to bottom. The new style allows for the icons to be even more translucent than before. The icons are also less visually obtrusive, meaning your desktop will appear cleaner. They look great with abstract wallpaper and in Cover Flow.

Volume One contains only the system icons (as designated by Panic’s Candybar application) in order to release the update sooner and reduce download size for those who don’t want the extra icons.

This updated icon set includes a full replacement system icon set with several extra icons, including additional folders and icons for your Boot Camp Mac and Windows partitions. Each of the the 100 icons is full 512x512px for Mac OS X Leopard. more…


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Icons

Obsidianus CS3


This new Obsidianus expansion icon set for OSX Leopard includes replacement icons for many of the present Adobe CS3 applications, including both the application icons and corresponding filetype icons.

If anyone has backups of all the originals, I seem to have misplaced mine. Please contact me if you have them. more…


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Wallpaper

Heroes Wallpapers


Here’s a set of wallpapers I made while experimenting with vector portraits. These wallpapers feature characters and symbols from NBC’s Heroes. The first is Sylar (played by Zachary Quinto), second is Hiro Nakamura (played by Masi Oka), and third is the Godsend symbol. Each image is 1440×900 pixels and available for download here. (804 KB)

Heroes fans, enjoy! more…


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Graphics

Novelty Restroom Signs


As a student living in the campus residence halls, I often had to deal with dirty bathrooms and disgusting toilet seats. My roomate had the idea of placing sticky notes on the stall doors so at least one of the two available seats stayed clean. I decided to do one better. more…


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Icons


An icon set for OSX Leopard. This set was designed in about a week and became the 2nd most popular in the Icons, Screensavers, etc. category of Apple’s downloads section. The set includes a full replacement system icon set with several extra icons, including every iPod ever released and icons for your Boot Camp Mac and Windows partitions. Each of the the 132 icons is full 512x512px, glossy and translucent. Looks great with abstract wallpaper and in Cover Flow. more…